April has seen a reduction in the frequency of snake removals for snake catchers of Brisbane and Ipswich. Although this is typical for this time of year the “usual offenders” keep popping up most notably the Carpet Pythons and Common Tree Snakes. As our most common suburban snakes both species still find their way into homes or gardens with regularity. Carpet pythons are well known for utilising the roof and wall spaces of suburban homes and will start to make their way into those localities that will support them for the upcoming cooler months.
Carpet python captures this month include The Gap, Bardon, Chapel Hill, Goodna, Dayboro, Warner, Samford and Petrie.
A 1250mm Red bellied Black Snake was removed from a car engine bay at Karana Downs which proved both a lengthy and difficult capture. With so many nooks and crannies in a car engine bay the snake lead the snake catcher on a wild chase around the vehicle until finally being captured behind the radiator. This situation is not uncommon and is most often like this scenario a difficult capture for the snake catcher. Although not so confined but equally as difficult was a 1500mm Eastern Brown Snake from an acreage property in Bellbird Park. Although the snake was outside the volume of building materials and undisposed rubbish made for a very difficult capture. The snake was eventually captured and appropriately relocated.
On the northside of Brisbane the local snake catcher reported a Dwarf Crowned snake from Keperra. This species is one of our smallest local snake species and is not a regular capture. Average length for this species is around 360mm and unfortunately oftens falls prey to cats at night.Of the oddities a 1500mm Murray-Darling Carpet Python was removed from a residence in Bardon. This particular Carpet Python species is distinct from our local Coastal Carpet Python and was an obvious escapee. The animal was surrendered to The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) and if not claimed may make it to the RSPCA for inclusion in their wildlife placement program.